Tree Bed Beautification Contest Winners

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    The Montclair Center BID is pleased to announce the winners of our First Tree Bed Beautification Contest


    Most Beautiful Tree Bed:  Gleek & Howard


    Most Improved Tree Bed:  Essex Shoe Repair & Rao’s Specialty Foods


    Most Creative Tree Bed:  Parlor Hair Studio


    Best Group Work:  Esthetica, ToBePilates and the Schultz Building


    Best Storefront Planters: Pazzazed



    Montclair Center BID Announces Tree Bed Contest Winners



    The Montclair Center BID announced the winners of its first Tree Bed Beautification Contest.  Organized by the BID’s Visual Improvements Committee, the contest recognized business and property owners who cleaned up, planted and improved the tree beds in front of or near their stores, or utilized planters to beautify their locations. Twenty-eight tree beds were entered in the contest, with more planters and improved tree beds spotted around downtown.


    Gleek & Howard at 10 South Fullerton Avenue won Most Beautiful Tree Bed for its two improved beds.  Most Improved awards went to Essex Shoe Repair and Rao’s Homemade.  The Most Creative award was given to Parlor Hair Studio. Best Group Work was won by Esthetica, To Be Pilates and the Schultz Building. Pazzazed Gift and Home won Best Storefront Planters.


    The contest was judged by Jose German-Gomez, President of the Northeast Earth Coalition and organized by the Visual Improvements Committee of the Montclair Center BID.


    “We’re so delighted with the participation in our first contest,” said Jennifer Bobal, owner of Pure Energy Hair Studio, Montclair Center BID board member and head of the Visual Improvements Committee.  “It’s great to see so many people actively working to make Montclair Center an even better place to shop, eat and stay. We hope the contest will serve as inspiration for other businesses and owners to help beautify our downtown.”


    All contest participants received a special thank you marker in their improved tree beds, with the winners receiving special award markers.  The winners also received gift cards to Hillcrest Farms, a family-owned and operated garden center in Verona.  The full list of contest participants can be viewed on


    Representing the over 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, way-finding signage and maintenance throughout the district. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restaurateurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.

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